“I think they could have written me up, reprimanded me. But terminate me? That’s pretty strong,” Jim Tinney said.
Tinney is a 70-year-old veteran who worked for Home Depot and is now out of a job. His reason for being fired? He tried to stop some thieves from leaving the store with tool sets that they didn’t pay for. It seems that his good deed is against company policy. This veteran believed that he was doing the right thing, and that value has worked pretty well for him his whole life. “In the Army, they train you to do things like that,” Tinney said.
Tinney said that he saw three men carrying tool sets that were worth thousands of dollars to the checkout area at Home Depot. He said that the culprits seemed nervous, so he kept an eye on them. “One of them hollered ‘let’s go,’ and they all grabbed their kits and started heading out,” Tinney said. Without even thinking, Tinney threw a paint roller extension he was holding at them and ran to stop the three men. “I just automatically went like this and threw the stick at their feet,” Tinney said.
The men got away, and Tinney thought the whole thing was behind him until two weeks later when he was fired. Tinney never thought that doing what he thought was the right thing would lead to his termination.
Tinney admits that he learned during his training at Home Depot not to confront shoplifters, but he maintains that his reaction was just a reflex. A spokesperson for Home Depot said: “We have a strict policy that only our trained security personnel can pursue and engage shoplifters. We’ve had deaths and serious injury over the years, and no amount of merchandise is more important than the safety of our associates and customers.”
Tinney maintains that a warning or a reprimand would have been more suited in response to his actions. The 70-year-old veteran is having trouble finding another job and misses his role at Home Depot. “I’m 70 years old. I need to work. I needed that job. I enjoyed working with customers, helping figuring out what they wanted to do. It’s fun,” Tinney said.
What do you think about the response from Home Depot after Tinney’s actions?
Credit: Fox News